Sunday, July 13, 2014

Featured Recipe: Corned Beef with Broccoli

When my friend, Kayle, went to Baguio with her husband Marlo for their well-deserved vacation and honeymoon rolled into one, she brought home some broccolis with them. Being one of the cooks in our lunch table group, she asked me to cook something out of the broccoli that Kayle brought. I have thought of cooking beef with broccoli as it is one of Kayle's favorite dishes but unfortunately, it was already late that day, I wasn't able to buy a good lean beef meat.

So, I went to a nearby supermarket and bought myself a couple of corned beef cans as an alternative. The following day, the corned beef with broccoli recipe was born!

If you are wondering how did I ever come up with this recipe, well, it's very simple. All the necessary ingredients that you may need are readily available in your kitchen. Below is the recipe for the corned beef with broccoli that I cooked for my officemates.

Corned Beef with Broccoli Recipe

2 cans of chunky corned beef (any brand)
2 stalks of broccoli, chopped (including the flower and the stem)
1 medium-sized onion, chopped
4 cloves of garlic
3 tablespoon of soy sauce
1 tablespoon of oyster sauce
cornstarch for slurry

1. In a separate casserole, prepare some boiling. As the water boils, slowly blanch the chopped broccoli for about five minutes. This will make the broccoli crunchy and it will stay fresh, greener, and last much longer. Do not boil the broccoli. Remove the broccoli from the water. Filter all water drips. Put the blanched broccoli in a serving dish. Set aside.

2. Get a frying pan. Saute garlic and onion. Put the corned beef and cook as usual. Add the soy sauce and the oyster sauce as you cook the corned beef. Put a little amount of water (for the sauce), cover, and wait until it boils. Mix the ingredients, occasionally. Add salt, pepper, and sugar to taste. Put the slurry when you are almost done cooking to thicken the sauce. This procedure might only take ten minutes to do.

3. Get the broccoli on the serving dish. Pour the corned beef with thick sauce on the broccoli while it is still hot. Serve immediately. Best eaten with steamy rice. This corned beef with broccoli dish makes 4-5 servings.


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